Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

The island-sweet deals continue throughout the year (but the year is going). Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Long to try both island cities over one trip? You can. Read »

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Go to Catalina, for Free, Every Day, for 100 Days

Go to Catalina, for Free, Every Day, for 100 Days

The Catalina Express has an offbeat way to mark Avalon's centennial. Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Avalon!

Happy 100th, Avalon!

Catalina Island's biggest city throws a centennial party. Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Times on Catalina Island

Hot Times on Catalina Island

The vintage Avalon Ball extends to an entire weekend. Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zooming Down the Hills of Catalina

Zooming Down the Hills of Catalina

Elite skaters zoom down over a mile of hilly Catalina Island. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Fish Shall Fly Again Near Catalina

The Fish Shall Fly Again Near Catalina

Is this the year you're finally going to see that wonder of Catalina Island? Read »

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Shipwreck Weekend at Two Harbors

Shipwreck Weekend at Two Harbors

Dig Buccaneer Days? A springtime companion sails this way. Read »

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweethearts Day on Catalina Island

Sweethearts Day on Catalina Island

An island getaway that's not too far from home is very Valentine's to us. Read »

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About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
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